Begonia partita is now classified as B. dregei, but to distinguish this unique form from the other B. dregei we will still call it “partita” as a form of dregei. This very attractive begonia has an upright growth habit and the base of the stem is swollen (caudex). Because of this caudex and the small leaves and flowers, this plant makes an excellent bonsai subject. To make a bonsai-like plant, expose the stem base so it flares out of the soil. Then thin out some of the other stems and branches to open it up and make it look like an old tree. Plant it high in a bonsai pot. It also makes a gorgeous specimen if allowed to grow naturally.
Care of Begonia dregei (partita)
Shade to partial shade, temp. 45 to 95 degrees, 15 to 18in. tall, allow getting slightly dry between watering.